Best College Basketball Bets for the Weekend (Jan 14-15)

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 13, 2017 in

This weekend features the divisional round of the NFL playoffs — but it also features some juicy matchups in college basketball — many games that will give you a chance to make some money if you choose the right side. Take a look at our best bets in college basketball for this weekend, and remember to look at our sports betting lines and odds for all of this weekend’s action.

Best College Basketball Bets for the Weekend (Jan 14-15)

Texas A&M at Mississippi State (Saturday, January 14, 1:00pm ET, CBS)

The Texas A&M Aggies (9-6, 1-3 SEC) visit the Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-4, 2-1 SEC) in conference action on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies come in having dropped four of their last six, including a disappointing loss at South Carolina last weekend but fresh off a 92-62 home rout of LSU on Wednesady, led by 14 points apiece from Tonny Trocha-Morelos and Admon Gilder. Mississippi State started conference play with a bad home loss to Alabama but delivered impressive wins at LSU and Arkansas. Despite losing to such teams as Lehigh and East Tennessee State early on, the Bulldogs picked up two straight road conference wins for the first time since 2011, behind the hard work of sophomore Quinndary Weatherspoon, who went 8 for 11 and knocked down six shots from downtown to pick up 25 points in the win over Arkansas. I like them to hold serve against the Aggies at home.

Houston at Central Florida (Saturday, January 14, 4:00pm ET, CBS Sports Network)

Houston (13-4, 4-1 AAC) visits Central Florida (12-4, 3-1 AAC) in a battle of the third- and fourth-place contenders in the American Athletic Conference right now, below SMU and Cincinnati. Houston took a nine-point loss at home against Cincinnati in their only conference loss, but they also have a bizarre one-point setback against Harvard (at home) on their record as well. They take on a Central Florida team that took a bad 15-point shellacking at Connecticut their last time out — their only loss in AAC play. Like Houston, Central Florida has a couple of head-scratching losses, such as their 9-point home setback against Ivy League foe Penn, but they also stayed close to then-#3 Villanova in a 67-57 loss. I like Central Florida to revert back to form after that bad loss and take down Houston at home.

SMU at Tulane (Sunday, January 15, 6:00pm ET, CBS Sports Network)

The SMU Mustangs (14-3, 4-0 AAC) play at #22 Cincinnati on Thursday night and then head down to the Crescent City for a Sunday evening affair against the Tulane Green Wave (4-12, 1-3 AAC). The Green Wave did knock off South Florida on the road by an 82-67 margin, but they opened with home losses to Central Florida and Memphis, and they took a 36-point beating up in Cincinnati. When SMU comes to town, they will either be riding high on the momentum of their first ever win at Cincinnati and will be the only unbeaten team remaining in conference play, or they will be an example of what I call the Angry Contender Theory. This refers to contenders who lose a close game and then face someone in the basement of the standings and take out their frustrations in that next contest. Either way, I like the Mustangs to win this game.